Buying a Home in Salt Lake City, UT


Why didn't you tell me it was a meth lab?

Effects of MethAfter making multiple visits to a property with a size, layout and price that all seemed "too good to be true" my client decided to make an offer. It wasn't until that point when it was disclosed to us that the property had been used as a meth lab and that cleanup of the property had not yet happened. In fact, it was being sold AS-IS, all cleanup and liability was being passed on to the buyer.

Well, now everything made more sense. But what bothered me most was that this information was not stated up front.

We probably spent over an hour in the house. What if my clients had brought an infant and let it crawl around on the floor that whole time? What if one of them had respiratory problems that were exacerbated by visiting the home? As far as we can tell, nobody was harmed by the experience, but we should have known about the hazardous condition before we went through the place, right?

I found some old posts on meth houses and methamphetamine remediation here on ActiveRain which I shared with my client.

Here are a few that may benefit some other people:

Meth Labs

Identifying Meth Impacted Homes

REO and Meth Labs - Read This, It's Good

DEA Meth Lab Registry for homes that were used as meth labs - Did you know?

In every case where we have found properties that are WAY too good to be true... they are.

So, buyer beware!


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Comment balloon 11 commentsBenjamin Clark • April 14 2010 12:35PM


I'm surprised you couldn't smell it -- not an odor to be overlooked!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) over 8 years ago

I'm surprised that it isn't mandatory for stigmas like that to be disclosed on the listing in your area.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

That's a mandatory disclosure in our state. Not anything to be taken lightly.

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - over 8 years ago

Benjamin, your photos tell about 99% of the story.  It's a killer either cooking it or using it.  Thanks for the links!

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) over 8 years ago

This is EXCELLENT!!! I wish I would have had this information about a year ago. I have uploaded it onto our server for all of our agents to read! Thanks you soooo much for your thorough posting.

Posted by Janet Fetterman, Selling Luxury Lifestyles... (Royal Shell Real Estate Inc) over 8 years ago

I didn't smell it. I don't know EXACTLY how bad it was. Maybe it wasn't that bad. Still, an up-front disclosure would have been nice.

Posted by Benjamin Clark, Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert (Homebuyer Representation, Inc.) over 8 years ago


How absolutely frightening; I never have had the chance to smell any Meth so I am in the dark of what it would smell like.

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 8 years ago

The listing agent would have entertained a face-to-face visit from me, where I would have read him/her the riot act.

We have duties to our sellers/buyers, but we must also have a conscience, a moral compass.

I have seen agents with no scruples run out of the business over lo these decades I've been around.  It happens.

Had a seller/bank told me a meth lab was to be sold "as-is", I would have declined the listing, and reported them to the EPA.

Now, at this point, Gentle Reader, you might imagine me to be one of those idiots who sits around the office pontificating about the state of affairs, while selling nothing.

My team and I sell over 100 homes per year.  We know that resale homes are USED HOMES with all their imperfections.  There is no perfect house, and every home sold has its trade-offs.


Posted by Erick Blackwelder, Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120. (Cell: 703-677-1120) over 8 years ago

What a terrible thing and such a terrible problem here in Iowa!

Posted by Judith Knutson (REMAX River Cities. Inc ) over 8 years ago

Yikes! Thanks for the education! I was afriad to click on the links....I could barely get past the pictures on this blog.  Scary!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 8 years ago

I cant get past those pictures.  My town has a big meth problem and I just don't understand it, why would anyone willingly do that to themselves.

Posted by Joshua Schaubach, e-Pro Your Yuma, AZ - Realtor Only a Call or Click Away! (ERA Matt Fischer Realtor) over 8 years ago